Sunday, July 14, 2013

Liquid History


Historical Background Note for Volume 1, Chapter 14: The 1825 Perrier-Jouët champagne Mrs. Mackenzie retrieves from the wine cellar is historically accurate, and would have been a very fine fifty-two-year-old bottle of champagne when Magnetron smashed it across the bow of the Caelestis. Indeed, one of the last remaining bottles of this vintage was uncorked in 2009 for a “liquid history” tasting by wine experts, one of whom described the still-bubbly libation as “generous with an intense nose.”

Read more about Perrier-Jouët champagne and its history at:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Great Magnetron Logophile Challenge


Last April, I sent out a challenge to loyal Magnetron fans:

Calling all logophiles, verbivores, and other ostentatiously learned geeks: Share your favorite obscure English word to win fabulous prizes (okay, they'll probably just be free ebooks). Top responses will be strategically deployed in my next book, The Kraken of Cape Farewell--with appropriate attribution of course!

Our judges have been hard at work choosing the winners, who are listed below with their winning entries:

  • Hugh McCormick - Apricity, Hugger Mugger, Jollux, Snow-broth
  • Jordan Bryant - Cantankerous
  • Clarence Bonner - Defenestration
  • Tracy Abernathy - Droud
  • Christy Lynn Foster - Gorgonize, Groak, Jargogle
  • James McAllister - Shankalicious (way to make things difficult, James!)
These six lucky and ostentatiously learned geeks will each receive a free copy of Rise of the Hogalum Society in the ebook format of their choice, and will be suitably immortalized in the acknowledgments section of the next book in the Magnetron Chronicles series, The Kraken of Cape Farewell.

Congratulations one and all and thanks for playing!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

1877: A Space Oddity

Historical Background Note for Volume 1, Chapter 13: Although Magnetron marks September 30, 1877 as the date of the first manned spaceflight, history records that the first manmade object in space was a V-2 rocket launched by Germany in October of 1942, some 65 years after Magnetron’s notable—but secret—achievement. History credits Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin as the first man in space in 1961.  He took his entire body with him.

Read more about early spaceflight at: